UDM to host three poetry readings

January 17, 2023
castillo, rekdak and giannelli head shots

University of Detroit Mercy’s English Department is hosting Triptych, a virtual reading series featuring three poets who will read their work and answer questions. 

Triptych events will take place virtually on the third Thursday of January, February and March at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. They are free and open to the public and moderated by Detroit Mercy’s Poet-in-Residence, Stacy Gnall.

“Not only will Triptych present three powerful voices for our contemporary moment, but a virtual series allows us to welcome a national, even global audience,” said Associate Professor and English Department Chair Mary-Catherine Harrison

  • Jan.19 — Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, author of Children of the Land: a Memoir; Cenzontle, which was the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize, and Dulce, winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets, which eliminated citizenship requirements from all major poetry book prizes in the U.S. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at St. Mary’s University, and the Ashland Low-Res MFA Program, as well as in poetry workshops for incarcerated youth in Northern California. 
  • Feb.16 — Paisley Rekdal, author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and six books of poetry, including Animal Eye, winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Nightingale, which won the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Poetry. She is a distinguished professor at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of West: A Translation, as well as the community web projects Mapping Literary Utah and Mapping Salt Lake City. 
  • March 16 — Adam Giannelli, author of Tremulous Hinge, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. He is also the translator of a selection of prose poems by Marosadi Giorgio, Diadem, which was shortlisted for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and the editor of High Lonesome, a collection of critical essays on Charles Wright. He has taught at Oberlin, Hamilton and Colby Colleges.  

All readings begin at 6:30 p.m. EST. Register online for the readings.